Dominique Clarke


You can chase spiritual things until you are blue in the face. And there will always be some Christian who is peddling a new “it” or “thing upon which to center your life. Warning: If you buy into it, you will most certainly miss Him. When I realized that Christ was everything in the Christian life and that the Father had put all spiritual things into Him, it radically changed my life. Gone were the days when I chased after Christian truths, doctrines, and theologies. A new chapter had opened where I began to seek Christ Himself. I sought to be drowned in the face of knowledge of my Lord. For I discovered that in Him exists everything that I need. God’s object from first to last is His Son. It is Christ—and Christ alone—that God the Father desires for His people. I had grossly confused spiritual growth with acquiring spiritual knowledge, spiritual virtues, spiritual graces, spiritual gifts, and spiritual power. I later discovered that spiritual growth is nothing more than having Christ formed within (Gal 4:19). When we are saved, Jesus Christ is begotten in us. He then grows in us. Spiritual growth, then, is nothing more than knowing Him and allowing Him to grow in us. Upon refelction, it seems that many Christians regard salvation, evangelism, peace, power, holiness, joy, service, church practice, ministry and doctrine as simply divine “things,” all detached from the living person of Christ and made something in and of themselves. But God never gives us spiritual things. He never gives us virtues, gifts, graces, and truths to acquire. Instead, He only gives us His son. He gives us Christ to be all things for us. Consequently, Jesus Christ is the embodiment of all spiritual things. He is the substance of all divine realities. He is the incarnation of all spiritual virtues, graces, gifts, and truths. In short, God has vested all of His fullness into His Son. In other words, Jesus Christ not only reveals the way to His people, He is the Way. Jesus Christ not only reveals the truth to His people, He is the Truth. Jesus Christ is not only the giver of life, He is the Life (John 14:6). That is, He is everything to everyone who has received His Life. • Jesus Christ is hope (1 Tim. 1:1) • Jesus Christ is peace (Eph. 2:14) • Jesus Christ is wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30) • Jesus Christ is redemption (1 Cor. 1:30) • Jesus Christ is holiness (1 Cor. 1:30) • Jesus Christ is righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30) Hope is not a thing to be sought after; it’s a Person. Peace is not a virtue to be obtained, it’s Christ. Righteousness is not a grace to be asked for, it’s Christ, and on and on. One is a spiritual “thing.” The other is the Lord Himself. To put it in the a sentence, Jesus Christ is not simply the giver of gifts, He Himself is the Gift. Spiritual progress, therefore, is tied up in knowing Christ as our All. It takes place when we take Christ as our portion to be all things for us. Greater Bible knowledge will not do this for you. Increased religious activity or spiritual service will not do this for you. Neither will spending more time praying. Only a revelation of the vastness of Christ can meet the bill. -Frank Viola, From Eternity to Here

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